International Students: Academic Options

Colleges and Universities in the United States require a wider breadth of courses in undergraduate study than educational systems in many other countries. Students in the United States may take introductory courses in several fields, including humanities, science and mathematics, along with pre-major courses, before taking the advanced courses in their major field.

Sierra College offers students the opportunity to take the same lower-division courses they would take at a four-year college or university, but at a lower cost.

Sierra College offers an ever expanding list of programs and curriculum taught by award winning faculty. By emphasizing student success as one of our core values, Sierra has become widely recognized for our achievements.

Currently, Sierra ranks:

  • In the top 25 nationwide in awarding Associate Degrees and first in California.
  • #1 in Northern California in University Transfers (top 10 in the State).
  • In fact, our transfer students frequently outperform those who started out in four-year institutions.
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Sierra successfully prepares many graduates to transfer to top quality universities to complete their final two years of undergraduate work. A large number of our students transfer to the University of California and California State University system attending schools such world famous schools as UC Berkeley, UC Davis, and UCLA. Some students may also transfer to private universities or to other states.

2 years at Sierra College + 2 years at University = Bachelors Degree

A student at Sierra College can therefore complete 2 years of general education and major courses at Sierra College at a substantially lower cost in terms of tuition fees before transferring to a university for the final 2 years of study.

Our international counselor provides provides individualized services to help our students transition from Sierra College to the four-year college or university of their choice. Students can attend application workshops and arrange individual appointments with university representatives.

International students can prepare to transfer into ANY MAJOR at a four-year college or university. No matter what the career interest-such as pre-law, pre-med, business, computer science, health careers, you name it-it makes sense to finish the first half of your Bachelor’s Degree at Sierra. Here are just a few reasons why:

  • Successful transfer to a number of California and private Universities.
  • Most faculty members have Master’s Degrees or higher.
  • Compared to four-year institutions, Sierra’s tuition is very affordable.
  • Our experienced Transfer Center staff helps students prepare for transitioning to a university.

Sierra College offers you a wide range of opportunities and choices to achieve your personal and professional goals.

Degrees and Certificates of Achievement

Sierra College offers more than 60 degree and certificate programs. Some of our popular programs include Applied Art and Design, Biological Sciences, Business, Communication Studies, Computer Science, Electronics, Engineering, Liberal Arts, Management, Marketing, Nursing, Photography, and others.

No matter what your interests are, chances are that Sierra College has the right program for you. You have the option of not only transferring but also completing an Associate degree at the same time.

Pre-professional Programs

First two years of pre-professional programs including:

  • Medicine
  • Law
  • Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Education
  • Administration
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Contact International Students

Rocklin Campus J 7

  • Summer Hours
    M-Th: 8:00am - 5:00pm

    Closed Friday